Irish Split Doubleheader Opener

Baseball is a quirky game. In one contest, a team can be clicking on all cylinders. The next time out, the situation can be totally different. The Notre Dame baseball team opened its season on Saturday down in San Antonio with a doubleheader and this was the story in the two games. The Irish split the pair of contests in two opposite fashions.

In the first game, Notre Dame plated 15 runs on 14 hits en route to a win over Prairie View A&M 15-8. The following contest saw the hot bats being replaced by strong pitching and Texas State was one run better as they downed the Irish 2-1 at Wolff Stadium. Notre Dame starts the season 1-1 and has one more game left in San Antonio. They play Texas State one more time on Sunday and first pitch is slated for 12 PM CST.

In the victory over Prairie View A&M, the Irish raced out to an early 6-0 lead and never looked back. They had four innings of scoring two runs or more. It started in the second when A.J. Pollack launched a three-run homer off of losing pitcher Josh Lara to make it 3-0 Notre Dame. It was the freshman's first at-bat in an Irish uniform and it started the Notre Dame power attack. Not to be outdone, fellow freshman Matt Wright hit another blast a few batters later in his first at-bat.

The big frame was the sixth inning. Prairie View A&M had closed it to 8-6 after scoring two runs in the top half of the frame. But the Irish responded in emphatic fashion. They plated six runs in the bottom of the inning to take a commanding 14-6 lead. Jeremy Barnes knocked in Danny Dressman and Brett Lilley to make it 10-6. Bill Boockford's triple increased the advantage to 13-6. He later scored on a wild pitch as Notre Dame took advantage of three Prairie View A&M errors in the contest. Wade Korpi (1-0) didn't have his best stuff but earned the win, going four innings and allowing four runs on four hits.

In the second game, the offense for Notre Dame was nowhere to be found. The Irish were limited to two hits off of Texas State's trio of pitchers. The positive news was that Notre Dame starter David Phelps was just as good, allowing one run in five innings of work. The score was 1-1 headed into the eighth. The Irish scored when Wright crossed the plate on Dressman's fly out in the third inning. Texas State tied it up in the fifth when David Wood hit a solo home run off of Phelps.

In the eighth, L. Randell reached first base on a one-out single. He went to second on a Notre Dame catcher interference call. Randell advanced to third on another base hit and scored one batter later when Pat Crumpton fouled out to left field. It gave Texas State a 2-1 lead going into the ninth. Lilley hit a two-out single but Dressman flied out to end the contest. Jason Baca was the winning pitcher while Joey Williamson (0-1) too the loss for the Irish Top Stories